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Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is an agricultural country, but meat and dairies are still import from neighboring countries despite of increasing meat and dairies products inside the country.
Based on report and central statistics authority, meat and dairies products worth $ 190 million are imported annually from various countries of the world in particular neighboring countries. The statistics have shown that Afghanistan needs further investment for increasing home products and self-sufficiency in this regard. Although Afghanistan has numerous paddocks for raising cattle and most of people who are living in suburb and remote areas of the country are engaged in raising home cattle, the country is still a good place for using meat and dairies imported from outside. There is no exact statistic how much Afghanistan needs meat and dairy in market.
According to reports, Pakistani buffalos’ meat has been illegally imported to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Afghanistan government is determined to provide and pave facilities for home meats and dairies products inside the country by establishing slaughterhouses. Officials for ministry of agriculture and livestock have said that construction work on five big slaughterhouses was underway and would be completed in near future in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh and Herat provinces. Also, there is no exact statistic in connection with need of Afghanistan market to fish meat, but report related to imports of fish to the country has shown that imports of fish are less as there are 1220 farms in 12 provinces where fish is raised and much need for using fish meat in the country is addressed. A spokesperson to ministry of agriculture and livestock Lutfullah Rashid said, “Fish raising is increasing in the country as most of the people have paid attention to this industry”. He added that 750 fish raising farms have been established by private sector in the country during the past two years.
“Government farms are currently operating for raising fish and it is determined that new fish raising farms of Kapisa and Herat will be soon renovated by ministry of agriculture and livestock”, Rashid asserted.
Using of chicken has also increasing in the country where statistics relevant to annual imports of chicken have shown that Afghans are more using chicken than cows’ meat. According to officials for ministry of agriculture and livestock, Afghanistan needs 172600 metric tons chicken meat annually 84300 tons of which are produced inside the country. On the other hand, central statistics have shown that Afghanistan imported chicken worth $ 39.3 million only in 2015 from Brazil, Argentina, Canada, China, Denmark, Iran, Pakistan, India, Tajikistan and UAE. Currently, there are 7932 farms for raising chicken across the country although ministry of agriculture and livestock provides technical cooperation with the farms, according to ministry of agriculture and livestock.
Only during the past two years, ministry of agriculture and livestock in cooperation with private sector has been able to create nearly 210 chicken farms across the country the ministry is determined to such farms in all provinces during the current year. The spokesperson to ministry of agriculture and livestock further said that the government would provide from 40 – 60% financial cost of the farms to volunteers for construction such farms in the country, adding that the respective ministry hoped Afghanistan would soon reach to self-sufficiency in producing chicken. One of owners of chicken farms in Herat Raza Timori says chicken farms operating in the province can only provide chicken to Herat people, adding that they are not able to send their products to other neighboring provinces due to insecurity along highways. Meanwhile, deputy of farm-owners union for eastern zone Fazil Mohammad Sayar says there are nearly 3100 chicken farms in Kunar, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, but unfortunately 800 of the farms have been closed in a number of the provinces’ districts due to increasing insecurities.
Karima Malikzada
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan had passed a year full of ups and downs behind.
However, it somehow followed with successes and achievements, but a number of politicians and citizens believe that 1396 will be a landmark year for Afghanistan. Last year, the terrorist groups besides conducting suicide attacks have done much to create discord among the people of Afghanistan, but they failed and could not reach their vicious goals. The leaders of national unity government should implement the key plans and programs this year, through which significant changes will appear in political system. The most important programs of the NUG which will apply this year is distribution of electronic ID-cards and holding parliamentary and districts councils’ elections.
The government leaders have announced they are committed to hold parliamentary elections and making effort to maintain transparency in electoral system through advanced technology so the last year challenges are not repeated again. Besides, holding parliamentary elections will result in legalizing all political system structures and would also provide the ground for modification of some articles of constitution has been mentioned in NUG agreement. Likewise, distribution of electronic ID-cards is among the NUG commitments which have not been practiced so far, but the government has recently declared that necessary measures taken to implement the process. A number of political experts believe that distribution of electronic ID-cards is key to maintain transparency and prevent fraud in elections. Also, the process will help the government on electronic governance, through which corruption level will decrease and it will create transparency in government financial resources’ consumption.
It is worth mentioning that ensuring security is among the issues concerned the citizens, as the terrorist groups are still being recognized as serious threats before security of the country. In fact, fighting terrorism needs international community and regional countries’ cooperation, a move if not done, would make the Afghan war destiny unclear and security and political stability would not create in the country. One of the NUG responsibilities before the people of Afghanistan is to intensify pressure on terrorism supporting countries through different political and international ways. As a matter of fact, besides mentioned issues, unemployment is another challenge before the government. Therefore, necessary steps should be taken to prevent brain drain in the country. Thus, the government should prioritize these issues so to create basic changes in the Afghan people lifestyle and fate.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) World Bank authorities have announced that they invest $200m for urban development in Afghanistan.
At present the national capital Kabul with its more than seven million population is facing with many problems.
Density of population has forced people to occupy green areas and build houses.  Basir Ahmad a main resident of Kunduz who was displaced due to recent insecurities with his family to Kabul, said, Due to insecurity large number of people were displaced from our province and settled in Kabul. Omar another resident of Kabul said, “As the national capital, Kabul is facing lot of problems and urban development could put an end to most of these questions including environment, lack of access to urban services, medical facilities, potable water. Expansion of city is an urgent need and could facilitates living condition here. Experts said that continued war and insurgency have inflicted serious problem to people. They have lost all their assets and living condition has been restricted to rural population. The government should try to develop urban projects and improve security situation. Other vice the situation would be deteriorated.
At the same time minister of urban development Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi during his official visit of the US, in a meeting with the WB senior authorities, talked on urban development and said that all construction and rebuilding issues and rehabilitation of historical monuments, mosques and tombs have been given to MoUD. The WB operation ahead Ms Anna Woelnvstein said: cities create economy and the governments should focus further attention to cities. Expressing the WB commitment on support of urban sector she added, “The WB wants to play more part in urban development sector. Naderi a met the WB regional official and discusses on project of support of Afghanistan urban development said that the WB is read to contribute another US$ 200m for sustainable urban development. They talked on a US$20m project of urban development of Afghanistan. The MoUD has undertaken big urban development projects in current year and our people hope that these projects would be implemented and benefit the deserving people.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, acting minister of information and culture and deputy to the cultural affairs on Sunday asked for further expansion and cooperation of activities of the consultative institute for Afghanistan cultural heritages, BNA reported.
In the meeting, advisor to the consultative institute for Afghanistan cultural heritages, Julien Lesly provided report about the activities of the institute in completion of repairing process of the historical monuments of the cultural heritages in some areas in Kabul like Maranjan Hill and Top Dara in Parwan and continuation of work in other areas, expected to be completed soon.
Meanwhile, the acting minister thanked the instate of consultative for Afghanistan cultural heritages for its effective support and cooperation in this field in the country, and called it too effective to help rehabilitate the country’s historical monuments to completely reflect Afghanistan rich culture. He asked Julien Lesly for not concentrating activities in a single point but to expand to other areas of the country as well, the agency said.
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publication Affairs, Sayed Hussain Fazel Sancharaki looked round the Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA), BNA reported the other day.
According to the agency, a scientific conference held on public and national broadcasting and digital era initiated by the national radio and television of Afghanistan, in which head of the national TV, Zarin Anzor said much efforts have been done to change the TV from government run media to a national one, but this is seen as a government media. Deputy presidential spokesman, Shah Hussain Murtazavi also spoke in the conference saying the audience of media are every moment waiting for what they would receive from media, said the agency. He said drawing attention of people is too important for a media in order to help them find their position in the national media. Attended at the conference, deputy to the publication affairs of the ministry of information and culture, Sayed Hussain Fazel Sancharaki said digitalization era is rapidly growing and the people are gradually saying good bye to the traditional media. He lauded media of the country and their achievements but in quantity, no tangible growth has been made in this field. The deputy publications minister pledged to do more in nationalization of the government media.
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance has participated in Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference on 25 March 2017, the ministry said in a statement.
They discussed on the “One Belt, One Road” initiative which is part of Silk Road Economic Belt in the joint venture, giving priority to building infrastructure, capacity building and mobilizing the economies of underdeveloped countries. In the meeting, Afghanistan’s proposal in regard to the mentioned OBOR initiative and private sector benefits was also taken under consideration, the statement added.
During the visit, Minister Hakimi also had an inclusive interview with China’s Central TV (CCTV) about Afghanistan’s economic situation, plans and policies for 2017, investment opportunities in Afghanistan for Chinese investors and companies as well as Afghanistan’s role in implementing the OBOR project.
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health yesterday launched the first spring round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) for polio eradication in 2017, a statement from the ministry said.
According to the statement, the campaign which will take place from 27-31 March is the first national campaign in 2017. More than 8.8 million children under five will be vaccinated against polio and more than 7.9 million aged 6 months to 5 years will be given vitamin A tablets, the statement added. The campaign will cover all provinces, except Bamyan, Daikondi and Ghor provinces due to cold weather. The Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz reiterated the importance of this campaign and the need to reach all children under five regardless of where they live. He reiterated the need to ensure the safety of the committed volunteers and front line health workers to perform successfully their noble duties in delivering health services to every Afghan household to protect all children from this paralyzing disease, the statement continued. The Minister of Public Health reiterated the importance of polio vaccine to ensure all children are protected from the crippling effects of polio. Most countries of the world are now free from polio as a result of immunization.
Afghanistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio still exists. Fortunately polio can be eliminated completely like smallpox. Afghanistan has made significant progress in the effort to stop polio and is accelerating efforts to ensure polio is finished for good. This national campaign will be run by 65,000 polio workers who will go from house to house in their communities to vaccinate children. On Friday of this week, polio teams will revisit households where children were missed the first time the vaccinators visited to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio is still circulating. Two polio cases have been reported in 2017, one from Helmand and one from Kandahar. In 2016, 13 polio cases were reported, down from 20 in 2015. Most of Afghanistan remains polio-free, but wild poliovirus continues to circulate in localized geographical areas in the eastern, southern and south-eastern parts of the country.
Meanwhile Dr. Richard Peeper Korn, Representative of WHO and Ms. Adele Khodr, Representative of UNICEF spoke on the issue and reiterated their cooperation with government of Afghanistan in eradication of polio from this country. Polio vaccine is safe and it does not have any side effects even for sleeping, sick and newborn children. Polio vaccines have been endorsed by scholars including national and global Ulema.  While last year was a challenging year for polio eradication in Afghanistan, significant progress and new initiatives have been implemented in strengthening of this program. All polio eradication activities have been brought under one leadership. Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) have been established at the national and sub-national level. The surveillance system in the country is of international standard now. Polio eradication program is now fully supported by the top leadership of the government and inter-ministerial coordination has been established.
The support and commitment of national and international religious scholars has been gained. The public awareness and knowledge has been raised throughout the country with the support of media and other communication tools. The public support and contribution has increased to polio eradication program. The independence and transparency of the program have been maintained between the government and opposition. The quality of campaigns, routine immunization and rapid response to polio cases has improved tremendously, the statement concluded.
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a meeting with the GIZ in-charge of monitoring office said Afghanistan international partners should consider Afghanistan priorities in justice and judiciary sectors, said his office in a statement Sunday.
The Vice-President called coordination among the donor entities was a need and that it brings ease on one side and on the other, make achievements more tangible, according to the statement. “The international partners should take in mind the Afghan specified priorities in order to reach good and effective results,” said Danesh. He added that works in the justice and judicial sectors of the national unity government have been done with more speed and cohesion and that developments have been made in the specified priorities.
According to him, high laws council led by the president in personal, counter corruption center within the attorney general office, justice and judiciary committee and the committee of laws led by the second vice-presidency as well as the national administrative reforms programs are among the entities have so far made eye-catching improvements in improvement of justice and judiciary reforms. The GIZ institution for supporting rule of law in Afghanistan provided reports about its works and achievements in Afghanistan and pledged continued cooperation for the next project of rule of laws in coordination with the country’s justice and judiciary organs. “A special deputy ministry has been established to help eliminate violence against women and that the children rights supporting law has for the first time been finalized under the government of national unity of Afghanistan,” the statement quoted him as saying.
 

Monday March 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a meeting with the Wolesi Jirga’s administrative delegate and heads of commissions exchanged view on some key points, BNA reported Sunday.
Both sides discussed some issues related to security and economy, with the president evaluating such meetings too effective about the key national and issues and said: “I, like always, would have your viewpoint on key issues and decisions.” The president thanked support from the Wolesi Jirga and the people and said counter-corruption campaign would be made public and that the government with firm decision would have the Wolesi Jirga support, said the agency. He noted that he respected the Wolesi Jirga’s legal authority and as made clear in the law, the three forces are integral parts of each other and coordination and cooperation between the three forces for a stable Afghanistan was vital, the agency said.
 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mehtarlam (BNA) Heavy losses suffered to Taliban in special clearing operations in Laghman province.
The operations carried out on strongholds of Taliban in Alishing and Alinegar districts and surrounding of Mehtarlam city.
A military commander of Laghman told BNA, in the operations, 14 armed Taliban including three Pakistani commanders were killed and several others were injured.
He added, in the operations, the military forces succeeded to clean tens main areas from presence of armed insurgents.
It is said that dozens of heavy and light weapons of Taliban were also seized in the operations.
 

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